Absence of international tourists hits some states hard

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Beaches, hotels and casinos nationwide are filling up again as COVID-19 vaccination rates climb and closure orders lift. But the surge in summer tourism is being driven almost entirely by U.S. residents. Because of international travel restrictions imposed to slow the spread of the coronavirus, foreign tourists who used to visit in droves — such as Europeans and Chinese nationals — can’t yet enter the country. That’s a problem for hospitality businesses, because international tourists tend to stay longer and spend more money than domestic visitors. International tourists comprised about 15% of…

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